Varanasi, the oldest living city in the world, is the cultural capital of India and is located in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. Also known as Banaras, it is one of the rich weaving craft centers of India, famous for its zari-brocade saris and dress material. Over the past decade, the demand for handloom product has decreased due to the introduction of power looms and cheap imports of silk yarns and fabric.
The intricate gold and silver thread woven sarees that have been a prized possession of every Indian bride for decades are slowly dying, and with them the heritage and dignity of the weavers.
The project seeks to document life of weavers in Varanasi that demand serious attention. Poverty, disease and loss of livelihood: A vicious circle that has engulfed a community in Varanasi. Looking at the present scenario, it’s a challenge to provide sustainable solution and preserve the legacy of the craft that has evolved over a long time.
(Personal Project photo documentation in 2010)
Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi (http://www.pvchr.net), Aftab Alam and PVCHR members, Dr. G N Srivastava, Dr. Reyaz Ahmed Ansari
DOTS Center in Shiv Prasad Gupt Hospital, Kabir Chaura, Varanasi.
The Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU (Banaras Hindu University)
Maulana Azad Bunkar (Weavers) Hospital, Varanasi
Dr. Ajay Gautam of Naidu Hospital, Lohta, Varanasi
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